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Stay Report: Hilton Garden Inn Mong Kok Hong Kong



It might come as a surprise for you, but there isn’t a Hilton in Hong Kong, and It haven’t been any hotel with the name “Hilton” for 22 years until this Hilton Garden Inn property opened in Mong Kok in late 2016.

Mong Kok is one of the busiest district in the world, it has something unique to offer, so I think the middle price range Hilton Garden Inn is a perfect brand at a location like this. The hotel is more at the outer area of the busy blocks in Mong Kok, as the uniqueness of Mong Kok markets are specialisation, which mean every street only sell one particular products, for example, there are sneaker street and then there’s light street. For Hilton Garden Inn, is more around the quieter housewares repairing district.

The property is a short walk from the MTR station as well as the forms of transportation, it is literally at the side of the highway. From the airport to the hotel, it would be cheaper to take a bus to Mong Kok and walk from there, but it does take around 20 minutes longer, but unlike MTR, you do get to see the city a bit on the double-decker buses.

Streets of Mong Kok Hong Kong

When I walked to this tumbledown but still lively block, I saw a banner hang on the left lower building showing the hotel is right in the end of this lane.

Entrance to Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Here as you can see, the entire building is renovated and the entrance does looked much better than all of its surroundings, and the lobby fragrance also smelled pleasant.

Lobby to Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

On the left side of the building block, another entrance is available if you are coming with a car. The lobby looks new and very-inviting.

Check In:

The front desk seemed a bit busy during my early morning check-in, I was not expecting any suite upgrades here as they only have limited amount of those. Since I checked in around 11 am where the normal check in hour is 3 PM, thus a normal one category upgrade to king guest room with garden view.

The hotel itself is extremely cheap especially in Hong Kong, and a busy district like Mong Kok, it certainly doesn’t have the best location, but with all this new amenities, it could have targeted themselves a bit higher if they wanted to. You can manage to find deals around 700 HKD a night if you plan ahead.

The check in experience was great for a garden inn, the receptionist was friendly and informed me upon all the benefits of a diamond member, in addition to that, diamond member can enjoy one dish plus one drink for free at the lobby bar during 3PM to 10PM. This is a nice gesture for them to offer.

My original booked room is an accessible room with handicap facilities, that was the cheapest rate available so I decided to go with it. The front desk agent gladly helped me

change the room to an upgraded king guest room.

The Room:

The room definitely is not big, but it’s of decent size. The design is simple and playful with the purple lounge sofa near the window, but honestly, it was impossible to sit on it, I felt like sitting on a stone.

King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

King guest room with garden view overview.

Desk area at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

They’ve even managed to sandwich the tiny desk working area into the corner.

King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

A decent-sized TV and you can feel everything in the room is of minimalistic and simple design.

Bed at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Bed at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

The bed was of good size and comfortable, I had no problem sleeping at night.

Bed view at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

I especially liked the art wall with all the skyline of Hong Kong sketched onto it, and the flower branch is definitely a highlight, it does suits the name garden inn here.

Nigh stand at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

The backrest was quiet hard, if you put it behind you on the narrow bench sofa, it will literally push you out of it.

Mini bar empty at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

The mini bar in this room was empty though I didn’t mind that at all.

Tea and coffee kettle set at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Tea and coffee and kettle sets, plus two complimentary bottles of water. Nothing special here.

Everything about the room was fine, except for one thing, there’s this smell of some sort of mouldy furniture, the air condition was on maximum the whole time but the smell didn’t go off a bit. I decided to ask the front desk about this smell, as I am sure they could send a air humidifier up or something. They were very honest about the issue and ask if I wanted someone to come up to the room to check. I kindly declined and ask them for the possibility to change to another room later during the day.

The Bathroom:

The bathroom is quite big in comparison to the bedroom space, a spacious counter and well-stocked towels.

Bathroom at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

The shower space is also big.

Sink counter at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Toiletries next to the sink, there’s only one set of shower amenities, but when asked about it, they are happy to deliver more.

Shower room at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Shower looked clean and the water flow was also good enough.

The Room Change:

I went out right after check-in and emerged myself into the busy streets of Hong Kong, when I headed back to the hotel around 4PM, the smell is still there, so I decided to ask them about this again, if it is the situation with every room here.

The lady on the phone quickly apologised for the inconvenience and told me to come down to the front desk and get the new keys for the harbour view room which is one more category upgrade.

Everything with the harbour view room is the same, except since it’s at the end of the hallway, it’s slightly bigger, as it’s bigger enough to have a space for this convertible luggage stand on the picture below.

Luggage stand at King Guest Room with Harbour View at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

I don’t necessarily need this extra space, but man did that made me feel good.

Mini bar with free drinks at King Guest Room with Harbour View at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Another difference with the harbour view king guest room is that the mini-bar came with four complimentary soft drinks.I haded to call them and confirm this with them since there isn’t a price list in the room.

Open Closet at King Guest Room at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Another feature in this room is that the closet doesn’t came with doors, I don’t mind that either, but it looked strange to me at first, but I don’t mind it anyhow.

Since it’s called a harbour view room, you would expect to at least to see part of the harbour, right? Nope, the window view showed you the buildings around the hotel, nothing special except the famous skyscraper of Hong Kong in the far left.

Window view at King Guest Room with Harbour View at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong

Complimentary dish and drink at Hilton Garden Inn Mong Kok Hong Kong

Here’s a free dish and drink I’ve chosen from the lobby bar during dinner time, and it tasted alright, I am not going to complain about free food.

Bottom Line:

This Hilton Garden Inn is definitely one the most cost-effective hotel chain property in Hong Kong, with close proximity to anywhere you need to go, and a great neighbourhood, you would have a great time. I for sure will recommend people trying out this property, and during one of those time where the hotel price in the city just went through the roof, don’t forget to check with them, as I am sure they will be of great caretaker for all you accommodation needs.

Check-in Experience: 7.4/10

Status Recognition: 7.2/10

Room Comfortability: 6.2/10

Staff Treatment: 6.5/10

Overall Rating: 6.83/10

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review



Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat - Courtesy Of IHG

The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.

How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.

Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.

The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.

Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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